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AFTA Submission showcases Economic Importance of Travel

The important role of ATAS members in facilitating bookings of inbound travel, accommodation and all the related services which underpin Australia’s Tourism Industry deserves more Government recognition and support.

That’s the simple message of AFTA’s detailed submission to Federal Parliament’s Inquiry into Australia’s Tourism and International Education sectors.
The submission brings together AFTA’s established and long-term policy positions as well as our recent positions on the key areas of: 

  • Importance of outbound travel, 
  • Taxation (PMC),
  • Requirements for additional skills funding, 
  • Importance of ATAS, 
  • Support of Smartraveller, 
  • Passenger facilitation,
  • Airline carrier coordination, 
  • Airport slot usage,
  • Importance of business travel, 
  • Climate change.

Quotes attributable to AFTA CEO Dean Long
“The work of Australia’s travel agents, businesses and tour operators in facilitating the bookings of inbound and outbound travel, accommodation and related services which drive so much of the tourism industry in Australia deserves far more recognition.”
“Travel is a sector undergoing rapid change and our members are proud to be leading that transformation.”
“As the peak body for the broad array of Australian travel professionals, AFTA is uniquely placed to comment on the challenges and opportunities for growth in tourism. AFTA strives to promote competition across the entire tourism sector, alongside world-leading practices to ensure an efficient and positive traveller experience."
“This Parliamentary Inquiry is another important opportunity to build on Government’s previous commitments to expand the visitor economy, as exemplified through the THRIVE 2030 Strategy. We are proud to continue our work with Government in identifying the barriers to growth and helping to shape the future.”

MEDIA CONTACT: LJ Loch 0488 038 555 

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